Holiday Fun, Day 19—Make Teacher Gifts

Kids love crafts, and these three crafts can make the perfect gift for a teacher or grandparent. 

Reindeer Thumbprint Ornament is a perfect gift for a teacher or grandparent. There are just a few supplies needed and four simple steps to make this personalized ornament.

Reindeer Ornament Supplies

Glass/plastic ornaments
Brown & white paint
Paint brush (fine tip)
Black & brown marker
Miniature red pom-poms

Reindeer print Ornament 2 W

  1. Have your child place their thumb in the brown paint and place it onto the ornament. Allow to dry. Add antlers to the top of the thumbprint with a brown marker.
  2. Use the white paint to add the eyes. Once dried, add a black dot to each eye.
  3. Glue the miniature pom-pom to the center and tie a ribbon through the top of the ornament.
  4. Have your child add his/her name and date on the back of the ornament.

Courtesy of Jen Jeffries

Follow to the next page for our next craft: Salt Dough Ornaments...

Salt dough ornaments are a great holiday craft for kids. They can be simple or decorative—whatever you prefer. Make them for your own tree or give them to loved ones as a gift.

Here's how to make them.

Salt dough ornamentsIngredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup salt
  • ½ cup water (or more as needed)
  • paint
  • string or ribbon
  • glitter and other decorative items
  • varnish

Preheat oven to 250F. Mix flour and salt in a bowl and slowly add the water. Mix thoroughly. Add more flour if mixture is extra sticky.

Knead dough on floured parchment paper until soft and pliable. Roll out dough with a lightly floured rolling pin. Use cookie cutters for the shapes (a great set of plastic holiday cookie cutters can be found at the Dollar Store).

Place shapes on an ungreased cookie sheet. Using a straw or chopstick, poke a hole for the ribbon that will hang the ornament. Bake in the oven for 2 or 3 hours, flipping once or twice, until fully dry. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

Decorate as desired and string with ribbon to complete the look. Don’t forget to write the name and date on the back – makes a great memory for years to come!

Optional: You can use several coats of non-toxic acrylic varnish to seal the ornaments so that they last several years (it prevents moisture from getting in).

By Claire Kovacs

Who doesn't love a bowl of hot soup on a cold winter day? This is an easy and thoughtful gift that the kids can help make for family friends or teachers for the holidays.

Ingredients for soup in a jar

soup4 quart-size Mason Jars
1 pound black beans
1 pound kidney beans
1 pound great northern beans
1 pound green split peas
1 pound pinto beans
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon dry mustard
2 tablespoon dehydrated onions
2 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoon garlic powder
2 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
8 bay leaves
4 bouillon cubes (chicken, beef, or vegetable)

To prepare the jar

Layer the beans evenly in the Mason jar as desired.

In a small bowl, combine the spices except for the bay leaf and bouillon cube. Using a small piece of parchment or wax paper, spoon 3 Tbsp of spice mixture in the middle of the paper, 2 bay leaves and 1 bouillon cube. Tape it closed around the edges and place it on top of the beans.

Decorate the jar with fabric or ribbon to make it festive and include a recipe tag.

Soup directions for recipe tag:

To make the soup, soak the beans overnight, add 6 cups of water, 1 can of diced tomatoes and the spice packet. Bring to a boil and then simmer until beans are tender.

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